Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus. We are grateful' for a, return of good health and praise God for hearing prayers from so many brethren in so many wide-spread places including those of India. As a result of God's favor to us we are pleased to inform you that we will be departing for India on August 7th• After missing our Summer Missions for the past two years we are excited to return this year to the land of famed Monsoons (3-5 months of seasonal rain which begins annually on June 1 "). Time is fast approaching and we need your help and your prayers.
Below I have reproduced two letters which are representative of those often received from our Indian brethren. Brother Narish's letter helps to answer a number of questions: Observe how long it took he and his wife to teach and then baptize her sister and his brother-in-law. Next note that Narish partially supports himself and provides employment for his wife as well through a business (a preschool) he has begun. His main goal is to preach the Gospel full-time. The letter from P. Mark observes local persecution and the cost of being a Christian in a Hindu society. In telephone calls I learned that the brethren from Kandlagunta are very poor farmers/laborers who have had little work over the past two---three years. They have tried to save funds to repair their 35 year old building, but benevolent needs for brethren and Hindu neighbors were pressing so their funds are exhausted. Unless we help repair the roof their church building the entire place will likely collapse. Let us pray with them that funds may be supplied for this need and God's glory.
Juanita and I need funds involving hundreds of Indian preachers to conduct at least four campaigns over the next six weeks. Funds are needed to purchase Bibles; print 12,000 song books (which will contain songs in five languages); 100 bicycles for preachers; benevolence for poor-destitute : brethren; completion of two church buildings; and funds to begin and operate a new one-year-long School of Preaching which will have eight students. The total of all this over the next six months will cost $75,000 U.S. dollars. Please be as generous as possible-souls are at stake-and, you and I are on the King's business. Thanks for being co-workers with us in what is, no doubt, the most productive mission field in all the world.
LETTERS FROM NARESH CHHETRI AND P. MARK, GOSPEL PREACHERS
Dear brother Jerris,
Greetings in the sweet name rof our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from Siliguri! Hope and pray everything is going well with you and sister Juanita. We are also doing fine here.
I am very glad to inform you about yet another decision made for Christ our Lord and they are none other than my brother-inlaw and his wife, Anjay and Bandana. Both of them used to be very stubborn but ultimately they have humbled themselves by obeying our Lord in the waters of Baptism on Saturday (10th March 2012). We tried to catch them for six years. Praise the Lord! Please add them in your list as you remember others in your prayers.
Our new session for the pre-school began from Monday (12/03/2012) and it was quite memorable like previous years. The little ones cry at their best as they leave their parents for the first time in life though for few hours. By the grace of God we could get about 26 new students this year which is the 'largest number since the inception of the school, and all together we will be having about 55 students this year. We have hired two more teachers in our school so that I could be free most of the time for the Lord's ministry, but my wife remains busy directing the school most of the time. Please remember us as we try to build up this vital part of our ministry which I believe will prove very supporting in the Lord's works.
Brother Ashok also sends his greetings and regards. Please continue to pray for us. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours in His service
Greeting to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am doing fine and doing good work for the Lord and especially we are praying for you and sister heath and safe journeys.
Brother i hope you remember Kandlagunta village concerning which you said to me many times about you traveled (for night meetings) on Bullock cart-night time under the moon light. This is the same village. Their church building roof is fully broken due to many cyclones and heavy monsoon rains.
Now rains are coming again. These church members they don't have safe place to worship God. Yesterday all Church members came along with preacher (they came by 3 Autos) and requesting me about church roof I pray to God and i said to them God surely hear our prayer he will provide.
Brother this time I am requesting you and begging you please help me to help them. Up to now they shifted many houses and one government school for worship God. Now Government people also stop them from using government property which should be used only by Hindus, not Christians. I will take you to this place when you come to Pamidipadu. So please Iam requesting you and sister I know you have kind heart so please help.
Brother I am not making you trouble this my humble request so please consider it. I am praying for you please pray for me. Thank you
The Lord continues to bless our work in India. The work is BIG. We give thanks, praise, and glory to the Lord for what He has done. The joy and honor of being His co-worker is beyond our vocabulary. During latest mission we completed eight major campaigns with literally hundreds of Indian brethren assisting us. The Lord blessed this work with 4,387 souls being baptized. It is a joy to see tremendous growth among the Indian brethren in all areas of their spiritual lives. We are encouraged to see native congregations fully supporting their own work and even reaching out and doing evangelistic work in neighboring areas. They are already supporting many of their own preachers (of course, it is on their local economic level). The brethren cannot construct major building, nor can they afford to do the mass campaigns which are our stock and trade, but they are assuming much of their benevolent load and desire to do more of their own work. You may view a thirteen minute overview of our 2012 Winter Mission by going to our web site: India.Manassaschurch.org (It is video only-no audio.) Thanks for enabling this good work to go forward for the glory of God.
GOD GIVES INCREASE
CAMPAIGN RESULTS: January 1, 2012-July 13, 2012
To God we give all the glory. "I (paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase (growth)." --1 Corinthians 3: 6
In Memory of those we have loved co-workers with us:
- Sister Hoofnagle--Greysonville, Md.
- Leona Kelly--Proctorville, OH
- Daniel Singh--Birpara, NIB India
- Leigh Ann Kippany-Columbia.Maryland
- Marvin Murphy--Manassas, VA
- Dean Morgan-Amarillo, TX
Prayers are Requested for other co-workers-all suffering cancer.
- Joe Wells--Greenway, AR
- Mary Dene Wages--Vancleave, MS
- Susan Foy--Manassas, VA
- Micah Sexson--San Antonio, TX
Note: Anyone of our dear friends who have been over looked is unintentional and regrettable -please forgive us.
Grace and Peace
Jerris N. Bullard, Missionary
P .S. Even when we are in the states your gifts are needed and wired monthly to India. For example, we wired $8,500 in May $8,500 in June, and July $9,500. The work goes on and we must not give Satan any reason to stop the momentum.
Please make your check payable to Church of Christ India Fund.